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Uplift

Visual Culture at the Banff School of Fine Arts

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Uplift

Visual Culture at the Banff School of Fine Arts

Since 1933, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity has been a renowned cultural destination and educational institution. As PearlAnn Reichwein and Karen Wall recount in this engaging history, over its first four decades the school produced and circulated ideals of culture and liberal democratic citizenship that were intrinsic to the development of modern Canada. Uplift traces the role of the school in shaping arts and cultural education. Situated within Banff National Park, the school and its surroundings combined stunning natural scenery and cultural capital in a symbolic national landscape.

In an era of unstable cultural policy and state support for the arts, Uplift offers a nuanced account of one particular engine of nation building and tourism development. It draws attention to the past and present place of fine arts, culture, and the humanities in public education and in Canada’s history, exploring what they mean to democracy, citizenship, and a life well lived.


352 pages | 30 color plates | 6 x 9


Reviews

PearAnn Reichwein and Karen Wall have given a penetrative and critical account of the conception, institution, organization, and culture of the Banff School of Fine Arts in the twentieth century. Uplift stands as a solid foundation for future work in the interdisciplinary fields it encompasses.

Paul Stortz, University of Calgary

I have come across no other work that explores the art history and visual culture of this landscape at this level of detail. The book provides a valuable history of the Banff School, and it will also influence ongoing discussions about education, art, and political and environmental issues in Alberta and Canada today.

J. Keri Cronin, author of Manufacturing National Park Nature

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